Ella The Ungovernable Original Theatrical Trailer
Ella The Ungovernable is the story of 15 year-old Ella Fitzgerald's incarceration and eventual escape from The NY Training School For Girls in Hudson, NY, in 1933. It is a story of endurance, resilience, and ultimately, one of triumph against the greatest of odds. It's ultimate message? "Don't ever, ever, give up."
"Ella The Ungovernable" will be debuting this summer at the 1,000 seat Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie. Its production was spurred on by a $75,000 grant from the mayor's office, augmented by a $3,000 ticket buyback by the teacher's union, ensuring that any child who wants to see the play can, for free.
This project could be subtitled: "How a city puts on a play." The goal of Ella The Ungovernable is not only to put on a play, but do so with the involvement of the entire community, in particular, kids of color. When we are done, it is our hope that an entirely new generation of theater makers will be able to go out into the world and thrive.
The Making Of Ella The Ungovernable, A Play For Our Times
It has been our deliberate intention from the beginning to put on this production in tandem with every community group in Poughkeepsie that wants to be involved, and so far, that has been a rousing success. Some of our community partners include Community Matters 2, Family Partnership, & The Poughkeepsie Youth Theater.
"ELLA THE UNGOVERNABLE" BECOMES A MUSICAL
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